Bottom-up peacemaking?/ The NGO problem

“Bottom-up” peacemaking?/ The NGO problem

June 29, 2017

With the Trump Administration reportedly exploring efforts to re-start Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, and Administration envoys Jason Greenblatt and Jared Kushner in Israel this week to meet both sides, this Update offers advice from some veterans of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking suggesting the best way forward is to pursue a so-called “bottom-up approach” – building institutions of Palestinian statehood and making other changes on the ground, before moving to achieve a final peace deal. It also includes a critique of the way Europe is making peace harder by funding NGOs involved in incitement and promoting extremist views.

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Video: Israeli Labor MK Michal Biran on Israel and a Palestinian state

June 28, 2017

Israeli Labor MK Michal Biran on Israel as a Jewish state and recognition of a Palestinian state. Interviewed at AIJAC in Melbourne, 23 June 2017.

Audio: Dr Colin Rubenstein on the Six Day War on ABC Radio National

Audio: Dr Colin Rubenstein on the Six Day War on ABC Radio National

June 27, 2017

Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein discussed the Six Day War on the ABC Radio National program “Counterpoint” with Amanda Vanstone.

Mr. Trump goes to the Middle East

Mr. Trump goes to the Middle East

May 19, 2017

With US President Donald Trump leaving today for Saudi Arabia, the first stop on his Middle East trip before visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories on March 22 and 23, this Update is devoted to informed advice about how the US Administration can make the most out of the visit.

Hamas gets a new leader after releasing new political manifesto

Hamas gets a new leader after releasing new political manifesto

May 17, 2017

This Update concerns recent changes in Hamas, including the appointment of a new head of its politburo – who is basically head of the organisation overall – as well as the release of a new political “document of general principles and policies” which appears to soften some of Hamas’ more extreme traditional stances.

Post-referendum

Post-referendum, Turkey’s Erdogan employs his new powers in ugly ways

May 11, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

In April, a contested referendum saw Turkey pass into law a new draft constitution that significantly increases the powers of its President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (For more on how the referendum seems to have fundamentally transformed Turkey politically, see Amotz Asa-El in the latest AIR.) Now, one month later, Erdogan may be unleashing those powers.

The Age Gets Loew – a Fisking

The Age Gets Loew – a Fisking

May 11, 2017 | Gareth Narunsky

The Age newspaper (and the Sydney Morning Herald online) ran a “report” from anti-Zionist activist and author Antony Loewenstein on April 10 titled Ticking towards war: What will it take to change life in the Gaza Strip?

Anyone familiar with the self-described independent journalist’s prior writings on Israel and the conflict with the Palestinians would already know that his work is fraught with omissions, bias and errors. And unfortunately, so it goes on.

Seriously? Abbas claims Palestinians are “raising our youth

Seriously? Abbas claims Palestinians are “raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace”

May 10, 2017 | Sharyn Mittelman

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently met with US President Donald Trump and said, “Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace.” 

If only that was true, peace might appear a lot closer.  It is well documented that in numerous cases the Palestinian Authority has actively promoted incitement against Jews and Israel by praising terrorists, as well as “jihad” and “martyrdom”, especially in messages directed at children.

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Videos: Former Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub

May 8, 2017

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom Daniel Taub recently visited Australia. In these videos he addresses Israel, its relations with the United States, the Palestinians and the new Hamas manifesto…

Emmanuel Macron on Israel and France’s Jewish community

Emmanuel Macron on Israel and France’s Jewish community

May 8, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

As Emmanuel Macron claimed victory in the French Presidential election this week, French Jewish community leaders expressed relief. As Joel Mergui, President of the Israelite Central Consistory of France, wrote: Macron’s win “constitutes a veritable relief for all our nation and for the Jewish community of France”.

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